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The MotoGP press conference at Catalunya

The MotoGP press conference at Catalunya

The MotoGP riders present at the Circuit de Catalunya commented this afternoon on what they expect to be a tough Grand Prix.

The MotoGP riders present at the Circuit de Catalunya commented this afternoon on what they expect to be a tough Grand Prix.

Valentino Rossi

"It's difficult to decide which is my favourite track out of here and Mugello. What is certain is that it feels strange to have two tracks like these so close together, only one week apart. I'm not sure if it is better to have my best tracks one after the other, or whether it would be better to spread them out.

"Last year there was a bad crash, but some positive things came out of it. We now do practice starts on the grid to help us with things like knowing what gear we will be in at the first corner."

Casey Stoner

"I always did very well here, until the Formula One races began taking their toll on the track in around 2004. Now it is a bit too bumpy for me.

"We went to Mugello knowing that we weren't going to be so strong, and in the end I couldn't get onto the podium, but a worse result of fifth isn't bad. We have some different settings to try, so we'll see if we can get back onto the podium."

Dani Pedrosa

"Last year I had some bad luck, but also good luck to not get injured. Mugello was a positive result for us after some difficult races, so I am happy about it.

"The track is very bumpy; we need a good setup and the bike-tyre balance is crucial."

Toni Elias

"I need points here in order to forget my recent bad results. I think that I am in a better situation here this year than I was in 2006. I have nothing new with the bike, but both it and the tyres are working well. I learnt a lot from my crashes, even though they weren't so good for my season.

Barros

It is the kind of track that I have never won at, but always through bad luck. I believe that we can also be competitive here, as we were at Mugello.

The bike is consistent, but it isn't a surprise to me. I knew I could be in the top five all the time, and that is my aim for every race. I don't even think of my bike as a satellite because, even though you can call it that, to me the bikes are the same.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA

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